Cause 97 General Sessions
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Technology changes are creating the need for internal organization changes. Funds are decreasing, user demands are increasing.
The boundaries of the campus are disappearing. Students are now life long customers. Networked information access is becoming key differentiator between universities.
The forces of change are creating unprecedented challenges in the educational community. We must understand them and proactively address them to further our teaching and research missions.
Gage is responsible for Sun's relationships with the world scientific and public policy communities, international scientific institutions and groups developing new forms of scientific research involving computing.
He is on scientific and advisory panels of the United States National Science Foundation, the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment, the European Institute of Technology, and the United States National Academy of Sciences. He has recently been appointed to the US National Research Council Mathematical Sciences Education Board.
Gage is a member of ACM, IEEE, SIAM, AMS, AAAS, and SMPTE. He attended the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Public Policy. He did doctoral work in economics and mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley at the same time as Bill Joy. Gage subsequently left Berkeley with Joy to start Sun in 1982.
Gage is on the Board of Directors of Unicode, and industry consortium of IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Novell, Sun, GO Corporation, and others to provide multilingual capability in all world scripts for all documents and applications.
Grand claims are being made about the new teaching and learning environment. The rhetoric of innovation-spurred on by political or economic agendas and rarely laced with a necessary irony-is forcing usto rethink our roles as educators, administrators, and information professionals. When words hit ground level, however, the practicalities of the transformation process can be overwhelming. What strategies can we use to ensure that the Promised Land isn't merely virtual? How can we encourage ourselves to remember that information is not knowledge?
Which traditional practices should we forsake, and which ones should we cherish? Coming to an understanding of our own goals is critical because we must identify the problems before finding the solutions. By drawing on experience in the classroom and administration, it's possible to find strategies that work. Some of these are surprising; others necessitate a fundamental shift in the culturalassumptions found in higher education. If we want to live bravely in this new world, we must ask the questions which may not give us the "right" answers; we must be brave enough to make distinctions between real innovation and cosmetic change.
Professor Lucinda Roy is Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech. She served as Associate Dean for Curriculum, Outreach and Diversity for the College of Arts and Sciences from 1993-1996. During Spring, 1992, she was the visiting Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of English at Williams College in Massachusetts.
A recipient of many teaching awards, Professor Roy is co-founder of the service-learning program at Virginia Tech and interim director of 'A'-TECH, a program which combines academics, athletics and technology. She has taught in West Africa, England and the U.S., and frequently gives presentations, appears in satellite conferences, and conducts workshops throughout the country on the changing face of higher education, as well as on diversity and creative writing.
She is a published poet, and her second collection is the winner of the 1994 Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize. Her novel, Lady Moses, will be published by HarperCollins in Winter '97, and her second novel is under contract with Little Brown/Virago in London.
Professor Roy received her B.A. (hons) and P.G.C.E. (Post-graduate certificate in Education) from King's College, London, and her M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. In her role as Associate Dean, she coordinated Virginia Tech's Cyberschool, handled curriculum development in a college of thirty departments and programs, and launched outreach and diversity initiatives. She is co-authoring a book with Dr. David Taylor on the future of higher education.
Information professionals in the past held circumscribed roles restricted to specific forms of information. Increasingly, however, information professionals are called upon to manage and provide more value-added forms of information and knowledge and to cross information format and content boundaries. In this presentation, Tom Davenport will address new directions for information professionals, the implications of those roles for individuals in organizations, and ways in which organizations can free themselves from less strategic responsibilities. He will also present various examples of dynamic companies and universities where the shift to these roles is already in progress.
Tom Davenport is the Curtis Mathes Fellowship Professor and Director of the Information Management Program at the University of Texas, Austin. He is a widely published author and acclaimed speaker on the topics of information and knowledge management, reengineering, and the use of information technology in business. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in organizational behavior and has taught at the Harvard Business School, the University of Chicago, and Boston University. He is also a Research Fellow at Ernst & Young's Center for Business Innovation, where he was previously a partner and Director of Research; he also directed research at CSC Index and McKinsey & Company.
Dr. Davenport wrote the first article on reengineering and the first book -- Process Innovation: Reengineering Work through Information Technology (Harvard Business School Press, 1993). His articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and many other publications. His most recent research focuses on new approaches to information and knowledge management; his article "Saving IT's Soul: Human-Centered Information Management" appeared in the March-April 1994 issue of Harvard Business Review. His book on this topic, Information Ecology: Managing Information and Knowledge as if People Mattered, will be published by Oxford University Press in April 1997, followed by Working Knowledge: Managing What Your Organization Knows, to be published by Harvard University Press, in the fall of 1997. Tom is a frequent speaker to senior executives in firms and at conferences on information and knowledge managment and process management topics, he writes a monthly column created expressly for him by CIO Magazine called "Think Tank," and he has also been a columnist for Information Week magazine.
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